Aloud, a band whose videos we have always quite liked, are taking it to the next level. Inspired no doubt by the adventures of Alicia Silverstone and cyber-pioneers Aerosmith, Aloud is making their new video a 360º virtual reality extravaganza. They’ve recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund this ambitious project, which will include new music and an interactive VR experience created by the band with director Skye Von. During the course of the campaign, Aloud will stage events in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, finishing with a party in Malibu (sorry NYC, that event already happened). See the full rundown, along with the sweet, sweet rewards you can get for contributing, here.
Liverpool’s Diamond Days deliver tight, guitar-heavy modern rock that has earned them a place on our recent Best of the Best charts. Today they dropped the video for “People Change,” the new single featuring the impeccable high harmonies of Fake The Attack‘s Ashlyn Marshall, who also appears in the video. The band is set to release a new EP this year and we’ll bring you more on that when we’ve got it.
Paterson, New Jersey’s own H2-O (aka Lemonte Williams) is back with a brand new project, released today, entitled idothisforthelove (1000 Words). The artist we once favorably compared to Nas worked with a number of high profile producers, including Flawless Tracks (Wale, Dr. Dre) and Stompboxx (Bubba Sparxxx), to create his most fully realized work yet. The album was preceded by the killer singles “Let Me Do That” and “Still Vivid” (both released around early autumn last year), and now we’ve got a preview of the excellent video for “Let Me Do That.” You can also watch the video for the utterly wrenching “Still Vivid,” released in January, after the jump.
AND THE HITS KEEP COMING from the Late Cambrian camp. Camprian? This band does not rest, cranking out catchy singles, often accompanied by nicely produced and off-kilter videos. While Late Cambrian’s catchiness was formerly derived from a more traditional crunchy guitar pop, with their last few tracks, they’ve moved in a more synth-and-rhythm direction, but without sacrificing their trademark hooks and harmonies. The newest is called “Yearbook Photo,” and it’s just super-nice to listen to, don’t you think? Follow @.
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Valentine’s Day approaches, and each year there is a subversive and satisfying sub-genre of songs protesting the general mood and spirit of the Hallmark-manufactured holiday. On her self-described “anti-Valentine’s theme song” for 2016, singer and songwriter Melanie Edwards ruminates on the wreckage of a long relationship with the simple, possibly unanswerable question, “What Happened?” Is it sad? Yes, it is sad. The simple production and dry, close vocal lend even more intimacy to the heartbreaker. This single, available on iTunes on February 12th, heralds the D.C. artist’s 9th studio album.
There was not much we could think to add to the conversation when David Bowie passed away on January 10th, so, like many others, we took comfort in the man’s rich catalogue of amazing music. But we want to share this new “Song for David Bowie” by Kat Robichaud, who speaks for hundreds of thousands who, over the years, have reconciled their own sense of un-belonging, of being different, with the help and comfort of the world’s greatest oddball, David Bowie.
Appropriately, this was recorded at Robichaud’s own “Misfit Cabaret” series, which will come to full fruition on March 11-12 at The Great Star Theater in San Francisco. Click here for more info.
We’ve got the smashing new video from the rocking L.A. pop band Blondfire. “True Confessions,” the title track from a forthcoming EP, is given a nice, complimentary black and white treatment, focused mainly on the band performing the song. It also features frontwoman Erica Driscoll, who directed the video, in some more intimate shots – which were captured on the singer’s iPad at her home. It’s a great, high energy should-be hit song and video, check it out. The True Confessions EP is due March 11th.
It’s been about a year and a half since we heard new music from Jae Apollo, but he’s finally back with a new single. It’s a tour-de-force, eight and a half minute track called “Last Run,” and the Brooklyn rapper is calling it his most personal work to date, helping to explain his recent absence from the scene. There’s a lot to unpack here, but it sounds like some different matters all caught up with him at once, and a bit of pain held him back for a while. The loss of a friend, of a relationship, the struggles of an artist, and clearly conflicting emotions about it are opened up here. The run is the metaphor, and having been dragged down, he’s giving it everything for what feels like it could be a last chance to break free: “I’ll run until my last breath or feel my ankles breaking…somehow I just won’t quit, I been through too much shit.” Follow @JaeApollo on Twitter.
What can we say about this? It’s the great Brittany Campbell, whose album Heroes we told you about last year, and who has a history of releasing amazing videos, with her newest entry for the song from that album, “Sexy Darth Vader” (featuring Reddaz). Obviously the time is ripe to give this song a new life, and with this clever blast of a video (directed and choreographed by Mathenee Stefan Treco), we have reason to do so.
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You probably don’t need me to tell you that Adele‘s new single “Hello” is currently ubiquitous. Open up your window, wait a moment, and you’ll surely hear it on the wind. There’s evidence that “Hello” has become self-aware and fully sentient, and rumor is that the song has secured its own recording contract and may or may not be dating Taylor Swift. Covers of this zeitgeist single are pinging off every corner of the Internet — a thing with corners, obviously — with mixed results. It’s best left to Yonas, then, to really do something new with this song. Yonas has spent the last couple of years helping redefine the term “remix,” taking popular singles and essentially rewriting the bulk to create a unique track. As with previous efforts, the Bronx MC forgoes samples in favor of a well-crafted full band version, collaborating in this case with the modern rock band Living In Fiction. Yonas riffs on the vibe of the original lyric with some self-reflexive, rapid fire verses of his own. As always, he proves himself one of the best independent rappers in the game. Check out this clip, directed by Mike Squires, and get a free download of the song here. Follow @.